Washington.- A Republican lawmaker today called on the US intelligence community to “assess the damage” after possibly classified documents were found at the offices of President Joe Biden’s former institute in Washington.
Mike Turner, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, sent the request to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, noting that Biden’s withholding of the documents is a “potential violation of laws protecting national security, including the Presidential Records and Espionage Act.”
Despite a federal review, the finding that Biden potentially mishandled confidential or presidential documents could be a headache for the president, who said former President Donald Trump has hundreds of such documents at his Florida private residence. The decision to withdraw was “irresponsible”.
Biden ignored questions on the issue during a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Mexico on Tuesday.
On Monday, the White House confirmed that the Justice Department was reviewing “a small number of documents labeled confidential.” The White House said the documents were found when Biden’s personal attorney was cleaning out offices at the Penn Biden Center, where the president had offices after leaving the vice presidency in 2017 and shortly before launching the 2019 presidential campaign. Was.
“Those entrusted with access to confidential information have a duty and an obligation to protect it,” Turner said in a letter to Haines. “This matter requires a full and thorough review.”
The documents were found in a “locked cabinet” in the office on November 2, 2022, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber.
Sauber said lawyers immediately notified the White House Law Office, which notified the National Archives and Records Administration, which seized the documents the next day.